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    Several longtime Republican advisers have been tapped to lead former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign, even as he confronts skepticism of his latest bid and some question the stakes of serving a famously mercurial principal under hostile circumstances. Trump announced his candidacy late Tuesday in a speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The operation will be based in South Florida, with a satellite office in northern Virginia. The campaign is still being built out but is expected to have a smaller footprint than Trump’s 2020 apparatus. A source said Trump campaign veteran Susie Wiles would lead the operation alongside longtime Republican operative Chris LaCivita, while former White House political director Brian Jack would occupy a senior political role. TRUMP FUNDRAISING OPERATION UNDER FIRE AFTER 'ABYSMAL' SPENDING IN KEY RACES Kellyanne Conway, a trusted adviser to Trump, is also expected to have a role. The Washington Post reported the positions Monday. Wiles has helmed Trump’s post-presidency apparatus since he left office and was widely heralded upon her return to his 2020 campaign. She helped Trump win Florida twice and was a...
    By JILL COLVIN (Associated Press) PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is preparing to launch his third campaign for the White House on Tuesday, looking to move on from disappointing midterm defeats and defy history amid signs that his grip on the Republican Party is waning. Trump had hoped to use the GOP’s expected gains in last week’s elections as a springboard to vault himself to his party’s nomination. Instead, he finds himself being blamed for backing a series of losing candidates after Republicans failed to take control of the Senate. While the party was on the cusp of retaking control of the House on Tuesday, it could end up with its narrowest majority in decades. “Hopefully, tomorrow will turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of our Country!” Trump wrote on his social media network on Monday. An announcement was expected at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday from his club in Palm Beach. Official paperwork forming the “Donald J. Trump for President 2024” campaign committee was filed with the Federal Election...
    By JILL COLVIN (Associated Press) PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is preparing to launch his third campaign for the White House on Tuesday, looking to move on from disappointing midterm defeats and defy history amid signs that his grip on the Republican Party is waning. Trump had hoped to use the GOP’s expected gains in last week’s elections as a springboard to vault himself to his party’s nomination. Instead, he finds himself being blamed for backing a series of losing candidates after Republicans failed to take control of the Senate. While the party was on the cusp of retaking control of the House on Tuesday, it could end up with its narrowest majority in decades. “Hopefully, tomorrow will turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of our Country!” Trump wrote on his social media network on Monday. An announcement was expected at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday from his club in Palm Beach. Another campaign is a remarkable turn for any former president, much less one who made history as the...
    As control of the Senate hangs in the balance, Republicans are considering having Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stump for embattled candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia's crucial runoff election — rather than former President Donald Trump. The GOP says it is all in on campaigning for Walker ahead of his December 6 runoff election against incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock, but fear Trump getting involved in the race may jeopardize their chances of a Republican-controlled Senate. Many of the candidates the former president backed lost their elections this year. But those close to Trump say it may prove to be difficult to keep the former president away from the campaign trail ahead of his expected announcement of a 2024 presidential run. DeSantis has widely been considered a potential frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, and in recent weeks Trump has ramped up his attacks of the Republican governor and took credit for his rising political career.  As one person close to the former president told CNN on Friday: 'Imagine [Trump] seeing Ron campaign for Hershel while he is being...
    Think back. We've been here before. In 2016, there was the famous "Access Hollywood" tape, when Trump bragged about his tendency to "grab'em by the pussy." Then WikiLeaks moved in to save him with the first of its dumps of hacked Democratic Party emails, these from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Two days later, during a debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump was asked whether what he had talked about on the tape amounted to sexual assault. He shrugged off the question, calling his statements nothing more than "locker-room talk" and, amazingly, admitting, "I'm not proud of it." It was over. He was elected president a month later. Then came the revelation by FBI Director James Comey in March of 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee that Trump and his campaign had been the subject of an FBI investigation since the previous July. Half the oxygen immediately got sucked out of the hearing room, and there were reports that nearly a tenth of the air in Washington proper had left, too. A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the links...
    The battle for control of the Senate was being fought in Nevada on Friday night, as the Republican challenger's lead narrowed to just 826 votes - with more votes expected to arrive at counting centers on Saturday. Under Nevada law, votes postmarked on Election Day - Tuesday - can still be counted if they arrive four days later, on Saturday. With 94 percent of the ballots counted in Nevada, Adam Laxalt, a former co-chair of Donald Trump's Nevada campaign, had 48.5 percent of the vote. His rival, incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto, had 48.4 percent - a difference of 826 votes. Despite publicly projecting confidence, the former Nevada attorney general's campaign is 'bracing for a loss,' a person currently advising the campaign who is familiar with internal deliberations told DailyMail.com. 'There is an internal discussion right now on whether or not to ask for a statewide recount,' the person said.  'And that would obviously entail fundraising. So they are working at identifying fundraisers.' Most of the outstanding votes to count are in Nevada are in Clark County - the largest and...
    Mark Kelly has been re-elected to the Senate in Arizona in a crucial win for Democrats - and yet another blow for Donald Trump.  Kelly, a former NASA astronaut whose former-Congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and survived, defeated Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters. The news now puts his party one victory away from clinching control of the chamber for the next two years of Joe Biden's presidency. With Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote, Democrats can retain control of the Senate by winning either the Nevada race, which remains too early to call, or next month´s runoff in Georgia.  Republicans now must win both those races to take the majority. Mark Kelly has been re-elected to the Senate, representing Arizona. His win means that the Democrats are only one victory away - either Nevada or Georgia - from clinching control of the Senate for the rest of Joe Biden's term  Kelly defeated the Trump-backed Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters The Arizona race is one of a handful of contests that Republicans targeted in their bid to...
    By Gabby Orr, Manu Raju, Dana Bash and Alex Rogers | CNN Former President Donald Trump is calling up his allies in the Senate, GOP sources tell CNN, and making a suggestion as he seeks to divert blame for — Republicans’ lackluster midterm performance: Take aim at Mitch McConnell. Trump, who is facing a round of sharp criticism from inside his own party for hurting Republican candidates in the midterms, has instead sought to gin up opposition to McConnell ahead of leadership elections next week — even as the GOP leader has already locked down enough support to win another two years, which would make him the longest-serving Senate party leader in US history. Yet McConnell is facing new dissension within the ranks as a faction of Senate Republicans are grumbling internally about the timing of the leadership elections next week and are now calling for a delay — something that several GOP sources signal is unlikely to happen. The internal back-biting has prompted a new round of fears: That Republicans will be at odds over their future and hurt...
    Nevada Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt is preparing to ask for a statewide recount as his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto goes down to the wire, DailyMail.com has learned. Despite publicly projecting confidence, the former Nevada attorney general’s campaign is ‘bracing for a loss,’ a person currently advising the campaign who is familiar with internal deliberations told DailyMail.com. As of Friday afternoon, Laxalt is narrowly leading Cortez Masto by less than 10,000 ballots with 90 percent of precincts reporting. ‘There is an internal discussion right now on whether or not to ask for a statewide recount,’ the person said. ‘And that would obviously entail fundraising…so they are working at identifying fundraisers.’ Cortez Masto is one of three Democratic senators left fighting for her seat in close races in Nevada, Georgia and Arizona. As of now, Republicans have scored 49 Senate seats and Democrats won 48 -- meaning a victory in Nevada will likely be pivotal to either side vying for control of the Senate. ‘The mood is not great’ inside the campaign, they added, and staff are...
    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Mehmet Oz in the race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, according to NBC News. The win means a pickup for Democrats. Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, sidelining him for weeks. When he returned to the campaign trail, he struggled at times to articulate his thoughts while recovering. In his only debate with Oz, Fetterman used a monitor with closed captions to help him process spoken words. The Oz campaign agreed to the aid, so long as this was acknowledged at the beginning of the debate. Oz, a political novice, was dogged by questions about his Pennsylvania bona fides. The former heart surgeon whose TV career was launched by Oprah Winfrey lived in New Jersey for decades. He only registered to vote in the Keystone State in 2020, using his in-laws address as a residence. Fetterman took full advantage by repeatedly portraying Oz as a unprincipled carpetbagger in campaign ads and on social media. He will replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who ran afoul of former President Donald Trump. Toomey voted to convict...
    US Senate Republican candidate JD Vance speaks to attendees the stage at a rally held by former U.S. president Donald Trump in Youngstown, Ohio, September 17, 2022.Gaelen Morse | Reuters Republican J.D. Vance defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in Ohio's U.S. Senate race, keeping the seat red and boosting the party's bid to flip control of the chamber, NBC News projected. Vance's win will increase the GOP's chances of regaining control of the Senate, which is currently split 50-50 by party. Vance and Ryan were vying for the seat made vacant by retiring two-term Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Ohio has shifted to be more reliably Republican in recent elections, voting for former President Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020. Both Vance and Ryan positioned themselves as populists seeking to appeal to working-class Americans. Ryan throughout the campaign tried to distance himself from President Joe Biden by expressing opposition to the student loan forgiveness program and the party's stance on immigration. He also rebutted allegations that he was in the pockets of Democratic leaders, noting that he campaigned against House...
    watch nowVIDEO3:5003:50If Republicans are leading in the generic ballot, they're almost certain to win the House: UVA's SabatoThe News with Shepard Smith The battle for control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on a single race. A handful of make-or-break Senate elections in key states are only growing more competitive as candidates barrel toward the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Only a few contests could determine how the Senate handles policy — and President Joe Biden's nominees for key posts — for the rest of the president's first term. Republicans have been consistently favored to win control of the House, but the Senate looks like a toss up. In recent months, Democrats had appeared more likely to hold their Senate majority — but in the final week before Election Day, a popular forecast tilted in the GOP's favor. Democrats hold the slimmest possible majority in the Senate, a reality that at times has reined in Biden's most ambitious policy goals. The chamber is split 50-50, and Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie-breaking vote. Biden's presence in the White House could...
    LAKEWOOD, Washington — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) doesn’t look like a beleaguered Democrat about to get washed away by Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley and the red wave building across the country. Her supporters are another matter. As Murray and other prominent Washington state Democrats rallied the more than 50 volunteers and activists who packed a party field office just south of Tacoma on a rainy midday Friday, heads nodded and hands raised when Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) acknowledged aloud what several had told him: They are “anxious.” Murray is facing perhaps her stiffest challenge in 30 years amid a perilous political environment for Democrats. Polls show a tight race, and pro-Smiley television ads are blanketing television airwaves, bolstered by a late additional investment of $1 million made Wednesday by Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It’s enough to worry grassroots liberals that the Democratic Party’s heavy advantage in statewide elections here will not be sufficient to deliver the senator a sixth term. “No hand-wringing,” Kilmer implored, urging them to turn nervous energy...
    Former President Donald Trump's team is eying November 14 - the Monday after the midterm election - as the date he'll announce his 2024 presidential bid.  Axios reported the date Friday, with sources telling the news site that the announcement would then be followed by a series of political events.    Trump came close to announcing a 2024 bid at a Thursday night rally in Iowa - which holds the nation's first presidential contest - and on the anniversary of his 2020 election loss.  'And now in order to make our country successful and safe and glorious - I will very, very, very probably do it again,' he said. 'OK? Very, very, very probably. Very, very, very probably.'  He told the riled up Sioux City crowd to 'get ready!' 'That's all I'm telling you, very soon,' he added. Trump came close to announcing a 2024 bid at a Thursday night rally in Iowa - which holds the nation's first presidential contest - and on the anniversary of his 2020 election loss The Iowa appearance was the first in a series of...
    Joseph Hart, 37, of Greenville, Rhode Island was arrested after rushing Republican New Hampshire Senate candidate Don Bolduc and allegedly trying to punch him Police arrested a Rhode Island man for attempting to assault Republican New Hampshire Senate candidate Don Bolduc ahead of his debate with incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan on Wednesday. The Goffstown Police Department identified Joseph Hart, 37, of Greenville, Rhode Island as the man arrested and facing charges for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. The arrest preceded the third and final New Hampshire Senate debate between Bolduc and Hassaon Wednesday evening at St. Anselm College. Buldoc's campaign is calling for a decrease in the temperature of the political climate. A statement on the incident from the campaign claims the man tried to hit Bolduc. Also on Wednesday, Biden delivered a speech from Washington, D.C. where he blamed former President Donald Trump, his supporters and the January 6 Capitol attack for recent spikes in political violence – including in the break-in and hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul. Goffstown police say the incident involving Bolduc...
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which donated to Christine Drazan just days before Election Day, has given nearly $600,000 to Republican candidates this election cycle. The campaign of Christine Drazan, the Republican nominee for governor of Oregon, received a $10,000 contribution from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearm industry, in the final days of the 2022 midterms. The group, which, the Daily Beast reported, has filled a gap in campaign spending left by the National Rifle Association after its legal troubles caused campaign cash shortages, gave the donation on Oct. 22, according to campaign finance records, a little more than two weeks before Election Day. Drazan is running against Democratic nominee Tina Kotek in the race for Oregon governor. Most polling of the contest shows the candidates running even, with independent candidate Betsy Johnson also receiving significant support. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has close ties to the largest gun manufacturing companies in the country. Executives of Smith & Wesson and Daniel Defense — which made the gun used in the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in May — sit on...
    (CNN)Republicans are riding a wave of optimism into the closing week of the fall campaign, eyeing seats far deeper into Democratic terrain than party leaders imagined only weeks ago, with rising GOP confidence of winning a strong House majority amid signs that critical Senate seats are also increasingly within their grasp.Democratic House candidates in competitive seats from California to Connecticut are scrambling to fight against a torrent of voter discontent over the economy, inflation and crime that could upend the balance of power for the second half of President Joe Biden's first term.If the divisive midterm election finishes as a referendum on the Biden agenda -- rather than a stark contrast with the polices and posture of Republicans -- Democrats are bracing for the prospect of a bruising Election Day that could reshape the political order in Washington. Interactive: Six states to watch for the 2022 midterms The President, who is set to campaign this week far away from most of biggest Senate battlegrounds given his tepid approval ratings, implored Americans to carefully weigh their options and consider what Republican...
    Daylen Howard hired a political operative who is behind dark money groups pouring millions into multiple ballot drives. Daylen Howard, a Republican running in Michigan's 28th state Senate District, employed consultants with close ties to several nonprofits that are under investigation over their funding of ballot initiatives. A campaign finance complaint filed in May 2021 by election lawyer Robert LaBrant alleges that Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey used "dark money" through the nonprofits — Unlock Michigan, Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, and Michigan! My Michigan! — to fund legislative efforts to roll back executive powers used by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson referred the complaint to the attorney general's office for criminal investigation after she found reason to believe a violation had occurred. LaBrant's complaint alleges that the nonprofits, which have funded ballot initiatives on election reform, public health, and education, were in breach of the state's Campaign Finance Act, which requires campaigns to reveal their donors. Funding the campaigns via nonprofits evades that requirement, keeping...
    Mehmet Oz, US Republican Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.Nate Smallwood | Bloomberg | Getty Images Republican political action committees announced more than $6 million in new spending in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, two weeks before the state's pivotal Senate race could decide which party controls the upper chamber of Congress. Two PACs, American Crossroads and the Faith and Power PAC, are respectively pouring $3 million and $3.2 million into Pennsylvania. Both groups are linked to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The PAC confirmed the figures to CNBC. The spending, first reported by Politico, will fund ads beginning Tuesday that will last through Election Day on Nov. 8, a spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund told CNBC. The GOP groups announced the investment in the Keystone State hours before the one and only debate between Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz was scheduled to take place. It also came days after the...
    LAS VEGAS — It’s a nondescript storefront in a weathered strip mall. But the Republican Party “community center” inside, in a mostly Latino neighborhood on the east side of town, represents the GOP’s full-court press to woo nonwhite voters and turn Nevada red in November. Republicans have talked for years about converting the mostly Democratic Latino bloc into card-carrying conservatives, launching dedicated field programs in fits and starts and occasionally making headway, only to see these voters return to the Left. But the Republicans’ multipronged push here in the desert, led by the Republican National Committee but joined by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Nevada’s slate of GOP candidates, reveals an effort outpacing anything the party has tried before. Al Rojas, chairman of Latino outreach for Republican Mark Robertson, challenging Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) in the 1st Congressional District, notices the difference between past, somewhat lackluster GOP efforts to appeal to Latino voters, and believes this year’s robust and comprehensive campaign is light years ahead of past efforts. Latino Outreach chairman Al Rojas, speaks with the Washington Examiner...
    Donald Trump openly criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday night, a gaping wound in a once-close relationship that's since been marked by months of veiled jabs and reports of nasty personal comments. DeSantis appears to have angered the former president by endorsing Joe O'Dea, a moderate GOP candidate in Colorado who has not shied away from criticizing Trump. O'Dea, a construction executive, is running to unseat the battleground state's Democrat Senator Michael Bennet. Trump wrote on his Truth Social app that DeSantis' endorsement was 'A BIG MISTAKE.' DailyMail.com has reached out to DeSantis' gubernatorial campaign for comment.  On Sunday, O'Dea's campaign revealed that the popular Sunshine State governor had recorded a 50-second audio spot endorsing him for Colorado's Senate seat. 'Hello this is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. America needs strong leadership and desperately. That’s why I’m endorsing Joe O’Dea for U.S. Senate. Colorado, please vote for Joe O’Dea,' DeSantis says in the recording. 'I’ve watched Joe from a distance. And I’m impressed. This guy is not a career politician.' He goes on to say that Bennet voted with President...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is recording a robocall for underdog Senate contender Joe O’Dea, a boost for the Colorado Republican after former President Donald Trump urged grassroots conservatives to abandon his campaign. “Hello this is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. America needs strong leadership and desperately. That’s why I’m endorsing Joe O’Dea for U.S. Senate. Colorado, please vote for Joe O’Dea,” DeSantis says in the robocall, a recording of which was provided to the Washington Examiner on Sunday by the O’Dea campaign. “I’ve watched Joe from a distance. And I’m impressed.” In endorsing O’Dea, DeSantis is charting a course separate from Trump in the midterm elections and stoking speculation the two Republican heavyweights are on a collision course in the upcoming 2024 GOP presidential primary. Just days earlier, the former president lashed out at O’Dea, calling him a “RINO,” which stands for “Republican in Name Only,” and criticizing him for speaking openly about their disagreements. Running in a blue state that rarely elects Republicans statewide and trailing Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in public opinion polls despite a favorable political environment,...
    When Republican “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan became the nominees in Ohio’s 2022 U.S. Senate race, GOP strategists were hoping Ryan would be easy to defeat. Former President Donald Trump carried Ohio by 8 percent in both 2016 and 2020, and Trump has endorsed Vance — a former Trump critic turned Trump devotee.But Ryan has been an aggressive, very focused campaigner, and polls are showing a close race. According to polls released in mid-October, Vance is ahead of Ryan by only 2 percent (USA Today/Suffolk) or 3 percent (Republican pollster Cygnal).Vance, according to polls, has a good chance of pulling off a narrow victory. But in an article published by Politico on October 21, journalist Burgess Everett stresses that Ryan’s campaign has become a major headache for Republican strategists and organizers — as they are having to devote considerable time, money and resources into defending that Senate seat, which is presently held by GOP Sen. Rob Portman (who isn’t seeking reelection).READ MORE: Conservative breaks down how Tim Ryan 'reinforced' J.D. Vance’s 'Trump lackey' status during...
    A whopping $7.5 billion has already been spent by political candidates and outside groups on advertisements to influence the midterm elections, close to double the dollars spent during the last midterm cycle, in 2018.  The Wall Street Journal reported Friday on numbers provided by AdImpact, an ad-tracking firm, finding that since Labor Day the area seeing the most political advertising has been Las Vegas, followed by Philadelphia.  Nevada hosts both a competitive Senate and governor's race, with Republican Senate hopeful Adam Laxalt vying for Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's seat.  At the same time, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is at risk of losing out on a second term to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the Republican.  While Laxalt looks like he's in the best position to turn a Democratic Senate seat red, in Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman looked poised - until recently - to turn retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's seat blue.  The Las Vegas area is seeing the highest amount of spending in the lead-up to the midterm elections. There, Republican Adam Laxalt (center right) is trying to unseat Democratic...
    A Republican vying for Senate in Colorado pledged on Sunday that he'll 'actively campaign' against Donald Trump if the former president runs again in 2024. Joe O'Dea, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, appeared on CNN's State of the Union with less than a month before the November 8 midterm elections. The businessman has separated himself from the majority of GOP Congressional hopefuls with his moderate stances - giving hope to the Republican establishment that he could flip a state that President Joe Biden won by 14 points.  He also hasn't shied away from speaking out against Trump, including on Sunday, when he repeated his call for a new de facto leader of the Republican Party. 'I don't think Donald Trump should run again,' O'Dea said. 'I'm going to actively I'm going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that - we've got four or five really great Republicans right now.' In an indication of the establishment GOP's thinking, O'Dea instead suggested candidates like Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, former Trump administration United Nations ambassador Nikki...
    Joe O’Dea, the Republican challenging Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in this year's midterm elections, pledged to "actively campaign against" former President Donald Trump. An interview with CNN anchor Dana Bash on Sunday turned to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, which O'Dea called a "black eye" for the country, and he called for accountability, as well as getting the country to move forward. COLORADO'S SLEEPER SENATE RACE JUST GOT REAL "I don't think Donald Trump should run again," O'Dea added. " I'm going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we have got four or five really great Republicans right now." He listed other leading members of the party, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who like Trump, is considered a top-tier candidate for the GOP if he decides to run for the presidential nomination in 2024. Joe O'Dea, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, speaks during a primary election night watch party, late June 28, 2022, in Denver. O'Dea is the rare Republican Senate candidate who supports abortion rights,...
    By Steve Peoples and Julie Carr Smyth | Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democrats across Ohio are pleading for help in the state’s Senate contest, afraid they may lose a winnable election unless national party leaders make major investments in the coming days. So far, the most powerful groups in Democratic politics have prioritized Senate pickup opportunities in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over Ohio, once a perennial swing state that veered right in the Trump era. But on the eve of the 2022 midterms, some public polls suggest Ohio is as competitive as the other swing states, leaving many Democrats here wondering why their party isn’t backing Senate contender Tim Ryan more forcefully. “Ohio’s just not a priority anymore. It’s a daunting task that we have to navigate,” said state Rep. Dontavius Jarrells, a Ryan ally. “The reality is that without federal investments, he may not win.” Ryan, a 10-term congressman, said in an interview that party leaders who believe he can’t win “have no idea what’s going on out here.” “I’ve come to terms with the fact that...
    Former President Donald Trump has belatedly jumped into the midterm elections with financial support for Republican Senate candidates he vouched for in the primary but who have since struggled against their Democratic competition. So far, Trump’s investment is modest as he continues to husband his vast resources, presumably for a 2024 White House bid (surprise, surprise). Through MAGA Inc., a newly formed super PAC, the former president is scheduled to air $1.2 million worth of television advertising in Arizona for GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters, $954,000 in Georgia for Herschel Walker, $653,000 in Nevada for Adam Laxalt, $1.2 million in Ohio for J.D. Vance, and $829,000 in Pennsylvania for Dr. Mehmet Oz. Considering how late these advertising buys were and the premium outside groups pay for television time, this $4.8 million spend is particularly not a lot of money. “While it’s great he’s helping someone other than himself, thus far, the investments this late are not that significant in the grand scheme of all the spending going on,” said Nick Everhart, a Republican strategist in Ohio. “This all feels forced...
    Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is pulling away from his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes, in Wisconsin's Senate race.  A new Marquette Law School Poll published Wednesday shows Johnson, a top Senate ally of former President Donald Trump, with the support of 52 percent of the state's likely voters.  Barnes, who was once leading the race, sits at 46 percent.  The poll's margin of error among likely voters is plus or minus 4.8 percent - so Johnson's lead sits outside of it.  In last month's Marquette poll, the race was much closer.  Johnson had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, while Barnes was one-point behind at 48 percent.  Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (far left) is pulling away from his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes (far right), in Wisconsin's Senate race Barnes, who was once leading the race, sits at 46 percent - a six point deficit, versus being only one point behind the Johnson in September The Republican incumbent's lead is in part because he's attracting a larger percentage of the state's independent voters.  Forty-seven...
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) begged fellow Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney to support his campaign for reelection on Fox News Tuesday night. Lee is currently in a closer-than-expected race against independent Evan McMullin, though Lee is expected to prevail as he is up 6.9 points per aggregate polling data as of this writing. Romney has declined to endorse a candidate, which has miffed some of his fellow Republicans who want to see Lee return to the Senate. Tucker Carlson prefaced his interview with Lee by saying some D.C. Republicans don’t want to win in the midterm elections and claimed Romney “is working against” Lee’s campaign. “He’s explained that he’s got two friends in this race,” Lee told the Fox News host. “When he first told me that, my reaction was, who’s the other friend? And therefore, he wants to remain neutral. Look, I understand it, I respect it. Here’s what’s going on: my opponent Evan McMullin is a Democrat running in disguise.” Lee went on to say he doesn’t think Romney wants the Democrats to retain control of the Senate....
    Former US President Donald J. Trump shake hands with politician Herschel Walker at his Save America rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia on September 25, 2021.Demetrius Freeman | The Washington Post | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump and leaders of top GOP political organizations leapt to the defense of Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker on Tuesday, after a bombshell report accused the anti-abortion Republican of allegedly paying for a woman's abortion years earlier. "Herschel has properly denied the charges against him, and I have no doubt he is correct," Trump said in a statement on his Twitter-like platform Truth Social. The post from Trump, who has endorsed Walker and campaigned with him in Georgia, aligned with statements of support from the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a PAC closely tied to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Multiple anti-abortion groups also defended Walker on Tuesday. Walker called the report "a flat-out lie" and vowed to file a defamation lawsuit against the news outlet by Tuesday morning. Spokespeople for Walker's campaign have not responded...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The National Republican Senatorial Committee sparked a fierce backlash online Friday after sending out an email asking where should Republicans send “illegal immigrants next?” The mailer went viral on Friday as critics denounced Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who runs the NRSC, for further using migrants (many of whom are in the country as legal asylum seekers) as political pawns. The mailer read: Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations” Democrats and their corrupt partners in the mainstream media just don’t get it. Republican Governors like Greg Abbott from Texas and Ron DeSantis from Florida showed coastal elite millionaires in Martha’s Vineyard what life is like on our country’s southern border – and they WERE NOT HAPPY. Biden’s BORDER CRISIS is only getting worse – and he REFUSES to do anything about it. DEADLY drugs, like fentanyl, are flowing into our country UNCHECKED – and Americans are dying at UNPRECEDENTED rates from overdoses. It’s sad – and PREVENTABLE. The Republican’s Senate campaign arm then asked for you to take a...
    (CNN)The race for North Carolina's open Senate seat features two leading candidates who have taken opposing paths in their bids for higher office.Democrat Cheri Beasley, the first Black woman to be a major-party Senate nominee in North Carolina, has served for two decades as a judge and state Supreme Court justice, positions she has used to distance herself from politics-as-usual. Her candidacy has given Democrats hope in a state that former President Donald Trump carried twice, though even the most upbeat members of her party acknowledge she faces long odds.Republican Ted Budd, by comparison, has a familiar political résumé -- going from owning a small business to winning a seat in the US House of Representatives to seeking statewide office. Aided by a Trump endorsement in the primary, Budd is now running what Republicans believe is a cautious campaign, largely relying on the state's red tilt and a favorable national environment for his party. The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022With control of the evenly divided Senate on the line, the differences between the candidates reflect the...
    If Democrats are able to flip any GOP-held seats in the U.S. Senate, their best opportunity may be in Pennsylvania — where Republican Mehmet Oz has been trailing Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the battle for the seat presently held by two-term GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Fetterman’s single-digit leads over Oz in polls released in September aren’t necessarily insurmountable, but according to the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, Dr. Oz’s recent fundraising e-mails reflect a mood of panic in his campaign. Sollenberger, in an article published by the Beast on September 22, explains, “If Pennsylvania senatorial hopeful and former TV doctor Mehmet Oz wants his supporters to know one thing, it’s that he’s a bad fundraiser who has always been losing to his opponent. At least, that’s the overwhelming message in the more than 100 fundraising texts and e-mails the Oz campaign has delivered just in the last month. The Oz campaign has sent 23 fundraising e-mails since last Monday alone.” Sollenberger reports that “every one of them has bad news, saying directly or on a linked donations page...
    (CNN)Voters looking to see their Senate candidates put to the test on a debate stage may only get one opportunity this fall, while others may be entirely out of luck. Debate participation -- or lack thereof -- has become its own political weapon on the campaign trail, wielded by Democrats and Republicans alike as they accuse their opponents of avoiding public scrutiny or demanding ludicrous conditions. The debate over debates has confounded some veteran political strategists who say most competitive Senate contests are likely to be won on the margins this cycle, making it all the more important to reach as many voters as possible -- both inside and beyond a candidate's base. While Republicans have numerous paths to retake the House in November, control of the Senate has proven a more difficult target amid candidate stumbles, cash shortfalls and intraparty bickering, even as the GOP needs to gain only one seat for a majority in the upper chamber."There seems to be a bipartisan trend of candidates who are either hesitant to debate or the 'anytime, anywhere' doesn't happen. Tough...
    It’s no secret that Nevada's Republican Senate nominee Adam Laxalt is behind on fundraising. But while he’s chest-thumping in public and forecasting the state will swing red, he’s simultaneously griping that his Democratic opponent isn’t having the same problem attracting donors. In audio obtained by The Daily Beast from a July luncheon with the Southern Hills Republican Women, Laxalt, amid the sounds of clinking cutlery, said, “The Democrats have unlimited money, they have unlimited money. You think we have it bad here? Masto has, she just did $10 million she has to spend, we have $2 million. She’s on TV now because she has money and we don’t.” “In Georgia, it’s $20 million to $3 million. In Ohio, it’s $12 million to $1 million,” Laxalt told the attendees, who paid between $36 and $41 to hear candidates speak at Dragon Ridge Country Club in Henderson, Nevada, according to an Eventbrite for the event. But Laxalt wasn’t done complaining. On the Sebastian Gorka show in August, Laxalt suggested “big tech” is censoring his fundraising emails, blocking him from being as well-funded...
    Democrat John Fetterman agreed to debate Republican Mehmet Oz on Wednesday, with less than two months until Pennsylvania voters head to the polls to decide which candidate to send to the US Senate. Fetterman's health has been under intensifying scrutiny since he suffered a stroke in mid-May just days before the Pennsylvania primary elections. His first major public event since then took place on August 12. Oz, who made a national name for himself as a celebrity TV doctor, has thus far accused Fetterman of avoiding an on-stage debate because of an unwillingness to defend his record and issues with his health. 'We’re absolutely going to debate Dr. Oz, and that was really always our intent to do that,' Fetterman told Politico. He said Oz's attacks were a 'faux narrative from a very desperate campaign.'  However, he admitted that the springtime medical emergency did drive the delay.  'It was just simply only ever been about addressing some of the lingering issues of the stroke, the auditory processing, and we’re going to be able to work that out,' Fetterman told the...
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) defended his stewardship of the GOP Senate campaign arm amid a flurry of reports about dwindling cash reserves as the midterm elections enter the home stretch. Behind the scenes, Republicans have reportedly begun questioning Scott's leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has found itself significantly outgunned by its Democratic counterpart in the ad wars despite a massive campaign haul early in the election cycle. Scott was resolute that the NRSC "did the right thing." RICK SCOTT HITS 'TREASONOUS' REPUBLICANS FOR 'TRASH-TALKING' GOP SENATE CANDIDATES "We did the right thing. We spent early. And here's the problem with campaigns: If you wait until the last month, I mean, there's too much static. There's too much noise out there," Scott told Fox News's Martha MacCallum. "As soon as our candidates got through their primaries, we started helping them." MacCallum pointed to a recent New York Times report that the NRSC had amassed a stunning $181.5 million campaign fortune but then spent 95% of it by the middle of the summer with...
    Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum questioned Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) over his management of funds meant to help Republican Senate candidates in their midterm races. The GOP is hoping to take back both houses of Congress, but face a taller order in the Senate, which Democrats control 50-50 by virtue of holding the vice presidency. Some first-time candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump in swing states have some Republicans concerned about the party’s ability to retake the upper chamber. On Wednesday’s episode of The Story, MacCallum asked Scott about a New York Times report detailing how under Scott’s chairmanship, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars in 2021. The GOP’s Senate fundraising arm now has less than half of its Democratic counterpart has in cash on hand. “There was a piece in the New York Times,” MacCallum began. “Here’s the headline: How a Record Cash Haul Vanished for Senate Republicans. It says that by the end of July, the National Republican Senatorial Committee had collected a record $181.5 million, but had already spent 95% of it. Then...
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently used the national platform provided by her appearance on the Bill Maher show to make a pitch for its liberal-leaning viewers to vote for Democratic Senate candidates in November. Klobuchar, like fellow Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, is not on the ballot this year, but they are still campaigning – for other Democrats. And there’s a good reason for it. If Democrats lose control of the Senate, both Klobuchar and Smith would lose an incredible amount of clout. Their upward climb on key committees would be stalled and they would have little hope of pressing forward with their legislative agendas. Even their campaign fundraising and ability to win approval of money for local projects, known as earmarks, would be affected if Minnesota’s Democratic senators find themselves in the minority after November’s ballots are counted. Article continues after advertisement Both Klobuchar and Smith have served in the minority before, and they know being in the majority is much better. “Being in the majority means we have a real opportunity to advance legislative priorities,” Smith said. “Republicans...
    Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz’s campaign on Thursday excoriated his opponent, Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, for bringing on two convicted murderers as campaign staffers.  The celebrity surgeon and the National Republican Senate Committee cited Federal Election Commission filings indicating the lieutenant governor’s campaign employs Lee and Dennis Horton, who were both convicted of second-degree murder in 1993, having been found to have aided Robert Leaf in a theft-related killing of a man before fleeing the scene.  The Hortons, now respectively 56 and 51, have maintained they are innocent. While serving life sentences, they secured a commutation last February from Governor Tom Wolf (D). In a statement issued a the time, the governor did not concede their claims of guiltlessness, simply arguing that they “served time for their crimes and deserved a second chance.”  Fetterman, who heads the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons per state law, pushed for the Hortons’ release and said, “The trajectory of my career in public service will be determined by their freedom or lack thereof.” Oz’s campaign called on his rival to fire the Hortons...
    Senate Republicans have begun to reverse course with some of their midterm campaign strategies, shifting their focus to a handful of swing states and changing up their messaging on key areas. Republicans are zeroing in on the November election, hoping to reverse recent concerns that the party may have an uphill battle to win the upper chamber due to the “candidate quality” of some Republicans who won their primaries. REPUBLICAN WAVE OR RED MIRAGE? RECENT DEMOCRATIC WINS DIM GOP FALL LANDSLIDE HOPES The shift in focus comes as Democrats have gained momentum in recent weeks, particularly in key Senate races such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin that show Democratic candidates leading the polls. Campaigns typically undergo strategic changes as candidates shift from primary season to the general election. However, the most recent moves show a deliberate effort from Republicans to recalibrate. Several GOP fundraising groups have already begun moving their focus, reallocating funds toward states that may need an extra boost ahead of the November election. The Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican super...
    (CNN)From Arizona to Georgia, GOP candidates backed by former President Donald Trump have floundered, putting Mitch McConnell's quest to take back the Senate majority at serious risk. Now, top Republicans are weighing whether to pour huge sums of money in the final months of the 2022 campaign to lift Joe O'Dea, the Colorado Senate GOP nominee who has kept his distance from Trump and survived a Democratic attempt to meddle in his primary.The pressure campaign for GOP groups to get involved is growing louder, as Republicans face crucial decisions over spending their limited resources."Every election there is a surprise -- that's here -- with your good man," said former President George W. Bush's adviser Karl Rove at a private Denver fundraiser this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. But so far, the big-spending GOP outside groups are uncertain whether O'Dea can knock off incumbent Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet -- and whether their money should be spent elsewhere. Read MoreSo far, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has not reserved future advertising in Colorado, after spending just $241,000,...
    (CNN)Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters removed language from his website following his primary win that included the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, along with a section arguing the country would be better off if Trump was still the president. A review of Masters' website by CNN's KFile showed he also removed controversial language saying Democrats were trying to "import" a new electorate -- language that has drawn fire for mirroring far-right conspiracies that Democrats are trying to weaken the power of native-born Americans of European descent through mass immigration of non-White immigrants. Both stances were on Masters' website on August 1, the day before he won the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the closely watched Senate race. The sections were gone by August 26, according to screenshots from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Masters's new campaign posturing comes as a flurry of Republican candidates nationwide attempt to distance themselves from unpopular or divisive policy positions, particularly about abortion and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, ahead...
    Various Democrats running for office in 2022 are running on the idea of curbing "corporate greed" to cool inflation, which has been at a record high for months. Democrats have tried to put distance between the rising cost of goods and the party's recent actions, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, which focused on climate and healthcare, and the recent announcement by President Joe Biden of $10,000 of student loan cancellation. Republicans have argued the Inflation Reduction Act does not help with inflation and is simply a climate and healthcare spending bill. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed the Inflation Reduction Act "is gonna make everything worse." Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Senate candidate John Fetterman (D-PA), along with other Democratic candidates, have both placed the blame for rising prices on price gouging by corporations. DEMOCRATS BANK ON ROE REVERSAL ALSO REVERSING NOVEMBER RED WAVE "As families struggle, oil companies are earning record profits. When corporations take advantage of a crisis, that’s price gouging, and it’s wrong,” Kelly said in an ad for his campaign....
    Fresh doubts about the Republican Party’s chances of winning Senate control in midterm elections are being fueled by a slate of first-time candidates struggling to find their footing against seasoned Democratic competition. Initial projections suggested a red tidal wave might sweep Republicans to power in November, ousting Democrats from Georgia to Washington state and New Hampshire to Arizona. With Labor Day and the homestretch of the fall campaign approaching, the GOP is suddenly fighting to defend seats in red states like Ohio and swing states like Pennsylvania. The culprit? Candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump who were ill-prepared for the general election. Senate Democrats are defending their hold on a 50-50 Senate made possible by Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. Republicans don’t need a wave to reclaim the Senate majority; they simply need to flip one Democratic-held seat while holding several elsewhere. That task has looked taller in recent months. Republican Senate contenders propelled to the nomination by Trump — and in certain cases, the support of a single wealthy donor — have labored to adapt to a...
    (CNN)Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters attempted to tone down his position on abortion Thursday, scrubbing his website of his support of a "federal personhood law" and a host of other strict anti-abortion positions while releasing a video in which the Republican nominee took a softer stance on the issue.The shift signals the potency of abortion in the 2022 midterms and the fact that Republicans candidates, many of whom backed tough abortion restrictions during their primaries, now believe they need to soften those positions as they face a broader, less conservative electorate.Masters' website previously said he was "100% pro-life" and noted his support for a constitutional amendment that "recognizes unborn babies are human being that may not be killed" and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and a slew of other legislation that would make it illegal to perform an abortion 20 weeks after conception. Democrats channel abortion anger into swing district success, raising questions about Republican red waveMasters in a 2021 interview labeled himself "unapologetically pro-life" and argued that the "federal government has a role to play" in the abortion...
    Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Blake Masters speaks at a campaign event on the eve of the primary, on August 01, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.Brandon Bell | Getty Images Republican leaders and megadonors are warning Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters to improve his fundraising, or else be doomed in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November's election, according to people familiar with the matter. Masters has received urgent private calls in recent weeks from GOP leaders such as Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, these people explained. The NRSC is the official campaign arm for Senate Republicans, and has spent over $6 million taking on Masters' rival Kelly, according to data from the nonpartisan OpenSecrets. Kelly's seat has long been considered a potential pickup opportunity for Republicans, as forecaster Cook Political Report labels the race a toss up. Recent polling, however, suggests that Masters is falling behind. A Fox News poll taken in August shows Kelly leading Masters by 8 points. An Arizona Republican pollster told NBC News that his own...
    Pennsylvania Republican Senate hopeful Dr. Mehmet Oz went after his Democratic rival John Fetterman on Monday, claiming the progressive populist has yet to agree to a single debate ahead of November's midterm elections. Oz's campaign released a statement claiming he himself has agreed to five different face-off opportunities against Fetterman, who only recently returned to the campaign trail in-person after suffering a stroke in May. 'Doctor Oz has agreed to five debates. John Fetterman has agreed to zero debates,' Oz communications director Brittany Yanick said. 'If John is too sick to debate and is concerned he can not stand in front of cameras for more than 10 minutes, then he should just say so. We’re sure voters would understand and so would we.' She added, 'Otherwise, he should pick some of the many debates Doctor Oz has agreed to or explain why he won’t agree to debate on KDKA on September 6th.' In an earlier statement, Oz's campaign lists debates he accepted including that date, another on September 9, a Nexstar match in early October and two more from FOX 29...